KIRA, The Path | La Voie
Presented by Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC).
Choreography and musical composition by Fara Tolno (US/Guinea).
Tale and storytelling by Lua Shayenne
“Never forget that even the king of the trees of the savanna, the powerful and majestic baobab, comes out of one seed that, in the beginning, is not much bigger than a small grain of coffee…”
Amadou Hampâté Bâ
KIRA, The Path | La Voie celebrates humanity as one village, and its sacred bond to nature. This dance, storytelling and live percussion production features a dynamic cast of dancers and percussionists who, guided by the voice of our ancestors - the guardians of our moral code and spiritual guides, remind humans of our sacred connection to our true wealth, Mother Earth.
This adaptation for schools includes storytelling, call and response, interactive song, dance, and rhythm-making to encourage students to fully experience this fantastic journey.
ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER
Fara Tolno is one of the most influential African artists of this generation, aiming to increase the professional recognition of African Dance in the US. He brings an innovative perspective to African Dance and music, steeped in his knowledge of Guinean culture.
ABOUT LUA SHAYENNE DANCE COMPANY (LSDC)
Described by the Toronto Star as a “group of gifted, fearlessly energetic young dancers”, LUA SHAYENNE DANCE COMPANY (LSDC) presents contemporary and neo-traditional African dance works that explore current subject matters with the aim to be a source of social good and spiritual progress. LSDC has presented six productions and performed in major venues such as Luminato Festival, Fall for Dance North in Toronto, Dancing On the Edge in Vancouver, Festival International DansEncore in Québec and more.
DANCE & DRUM Workshops
50 students max | $400
Participants will learn movement based in West African dance, accompanied by live drumming. The space is set up to show that dance gestures imitate poses and postures in everyday life and is another way to communicate feelings and thoughts. Participants are also invited to create their own movement drawn from daily activities through improvisation.
Environmental awareness, Respect for nature, the importance of working together in unity, Dances and rhythms from West Africa
K to 12
Maximum 400 people
Un-splintered wooden sprung floor is ideal for the performance.
Minimum of 3 mics will be provided for two djembes, and a dundun set.
If not available, please notify LSDC.
Provide change rooms or closed classroom(s) for male and female.
Note: washrooms are not acceptable.
February and March 2020
For more information, please contact Juliana Feng at firstname.lastname@example.org.